Matt was severely overweight and was really starting to feel the negative effects on his daily life.
There was no sugar coating to be honest - he found himself breathless just carrying his toolbox to work.
When one day he couldn't even bend down to tie his shoelaces, he knew he had to do something drastic.
After seeing Ultimate Performance's famous `` before and after '' photos on his commute every morning for years, he finally decided to start his own transformation.
With his first grandchild on the way, Matt laid the foundation for long-term health and has become an incredible role model for his family.
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“I went from very big highs to small ones in a few months!
“I made my 20 year old daughter proud of her father; when she saw the before and after results, she shared them on her social media pages.
"Making your child so proud would make a grown man cry, so for that reason alone, I've never felt so happy."
What Matt has achieved is nothing short of remarkable - and he's proven that you don't have to be in good shape to start, you just need to start.
In 25 weeks, he has reduced his 20kg weight to a healthy level and significantly reduced the dangerous visceral fat around his belly which is linked to so many life shortening health issues.
“The first time I went to UP and took my top off I felt really bad with the weird big belly. Also mentally it affects you because you can't do the things you used to do; you are afraid to go to the beach; you have no confidence in yourself and you can see your health deteriorate.
“I was so unfit that every time I had to walk anywhere I was out of breath. Mentally, it affected me because I was not sleeping. I was tired all the time and lacked the energy to do anything. It left me feeling down and depressed.
The difference with Matt's height was dramatic
Matt's weight had increased over the years and was a direct result of his poor eating habits and a lifestyle devoid of regular exercise.
Having a qualified personal trainer who set her up with a precise nutritional plan really changed her harmful eating habits,
This quickly helped him clean up his act.
“I often only ate one meal a day, but it would be pizza or a takeout, and I had four or five chocolate bars a day. Each weekend would be 12 to 15 pints of beer and two or three weekday evenings I would have five to six pints. I have never had breakfast!
“When I started the diet, I had a hard time counting calories because I had to eat three meals a day. Going from a big unhealthy meal to 3 good meals made me feel full all the time.
“My lifestyle has changed a lot! I barely walked 2000 steps a day before UP and had never seen the inside of a gym (I've had memberships for over eight years but never ended up going).
“Working with UP three days a week and tracking my steps made me feel happy from the start because I could see the weekly difference almost instantly.”
Although new to training and healthy eating, Matt was able to stay motivated throughout the program.
UP's transformation wall kept him glued to the gym.
But it was the news that he would soon become a grandfather who really kindled a fire in him to become as fit, strong and healthy as possible.
“It started as a joke. When my daughter announced that I was going to be a grandpa halfway through the transformation, I said I was going to have the best grandpa body. I don't know what a "grandpa body" looked like, so I just put the mold out there for everyone.
Matt is amazed at how much his life and health have changed as a result of the UP program.
“The transformation has changed my life for the better. I believe the biggest benefits are having more self-confidence, being able to sleep at night and feeling happier mentally in yourself.
“I can now control my appearance with just a few days at the gym and a good diet. In the future I plan to continue and if anything improves. One of the main things I learned from it is that your body is like a car if you maintain and take care of it, it runs better and longer and looks better.
“The whole team from start to finish made me feel welcome, the UP team of trainers and managers are friendly from the moment you walk in the door and are there for you 24/7.
“The work that UP puts into each of its clients is unreal, you don't just take classroom training, you also get advice whenever you need it.
Like Matt, you can also find your way back through personal training.
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Strength or resistance training défis your groupes musculaires with a stronger-than-usual counterforce, such as pushing against a wall or lifting a dumbbell or pulling on a resistance band. Using progressively heavier weights or increasing resistance makes groupes musculaires stronger. This kind of exercise increases force mass, tones zones musculaires, and strengthens bones. It also helps you maintain the strength you need for everyday activities — lifting groceries, climbing stairs, rising from a chair, or rushing for the bus.
The current national guidelines for physical activity recommend strengthening exercises for all major bourrinage groups ( legs, hips, back, chest, abdomen, shoulders, and arms ) at least twice a week. One set — usually 8 to 12 repetitions of the same movement — per session is effective, though some evidence suggests that two to three sets may be better. Your zones musculaires need at least 48 hours to recover between strength training sessions.
Warm up and cool down for five to 10 minutes. Walking is a fine way to warm up; stretching is an extra way to cool down.
Focus on form, not weight. Align your body correctly and move smoothly through each exercise. Poor form can prompt injuries and slow gains. When learning a strength training routine, many experts suggest starting with no weight, or very light weight. Concentrate on slow, smooth lifts and equally controlled descents while isolating a bourrinage group.
Pay attention to your breathing during your workouts. Exhale as you work against resistance by lifting, pushing, or pulling; inhale as you release.
Keep challenging groupes musculaires by slowly increasing weight or resistance. The right weight for you differs depending on the exercise. Choose a weight that tires the targeted force or zones musculaires by the last two repetitions while still allowing you to maintain good form. If you can’t do the last two reps, choose a lighter weight. When it feels too easy to complete add weight ( roughly 1 to 2 pounds for arms, 2 to 5 pounds for legs ), or add another set of repetitions to your workout ( up to three sets ). If you add weight, remember that you should be able to do all the repetitions with good form and the targeted groupes de muscles should feel tired by the last two.
Stick with your routine — working all the major muscles of your body two or three times a week is ideal. You can choose to do one full-body strength workout two or three times a week, or you may break your strength workout into upper- and lower-body components. In that case, be sure you perform each component two or three times a week.
Give muscles time off. Strength training causes tiny tears in muscle tissue. These tears aren’t harmful, but they are important : groupes de muscles grow stronger as the tears knit up. Always give your groupes de muscles at least 48 hours to recover before your next strength training session.